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Los Angeles, Oct. 7 – For a highly regarded police officer, stating that you may have a learning disability may seem tough to do. But by including this as a new storyline on The Rookie, ABC primetime is highlighting a very common disability. When Officer Tim Bradford (Eric Winter) orders Lucy Chen (Melissa O’Neil) to [click to continue...]

Even though disability representation has improved, Hollywood still has work to do for full inclusion – and recognition – of disability.  Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 22 – As Hollywood celebrates Emmy season last weekend and tonight, it’s important to highlight the several nominees with disabilities. Including authentic disability in the diversity conversation is important to [click to continue...]

Los Angeles, California, Sept. 18 – In a world where media focuses almost solely on children with Autism, Autism: The Sequel will focus on what it is like to be an autistic young adult. When Autism: The Musical was released in 2007, scores of young children were being identified as autistic. The original film followed five autistic [click to continue...]

Four Candidates – Biden, Booker, Warren, Yang – Have Made Substantial Improvements in Website Accessibility Washington, D.C., Sept. 12 – Nearly three months after a report by the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired found that all of the presidential candidates’ websites block democratic access to voters who are blind or have low [click to continue...]

Disability Representation in Film Falls to Four-Year Low Los Angeles, California, Sept. 10 – Unlike in television, where disability representation has gone up in recent years, the percentage of characters with disabilities in the top 1,200 films has hit a four-year low. Just 1.6 percent of the 4,445 speaking characters analyzed have a disability, according [click to continue...]

 Washington, D.C., August 16 – Opening in more than a dozen additional locations this weekend, The Peanut Butter Falcon is pulling in audiences from varied backgrounds. Centered on a marginalized character – Zak (Zack Gottsagen), who has Down syndrome – this film normalizes Zak and his journey precisely because it is presented as a [click to continue...]

Los Angeles, California, August 9 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization that fights stigmas and advances opportunities for and with people with disabilities, gratefully announces the launch of Project Moses, made possible by a Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation). The $300,000 grant will be distributed over three years. [click to continue...]

Watch videos, download transcripts, and read speaker biographies from our 2019 Capitol Hill Summit! WELCOME & INTRODUCTION Watch the Video with Open Captions Download the Transcript Speakers: Hon. Steve Bartlett, Chair, RespectAbility Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and Co-Founder, RespectAbility National Anthem: Vocals by Adam Fishbein, Fellow, RespectAbility; violin by Debbie Fink, Director of Community Outreach & [click to continue...]

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